A New Passover for 2020 with Gefilteria (#51)

A New Passover for 2020 with Gefilteria (#51)

Guest: Liz Alpern & Jeffrey Yoskowitz

Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz, co-founders of Gefilteria join me to talk about creative ways to think about Passover during this time of Covid-19. Passover will be a challenge for sure but maybe we can find a silver lining.

 

Is Tahini the New Peanut Butter in Your Kitchen Yet? (#50)

Is Tahini the New Peanut Butter in Your Kitchen Yet? (#50)

Guest: Amy Zitelman

Co-founder and CEO of Soom

Meet Amy Zitleman, Co-Founder and CEO of Soom. Haven’t heard of them yet? Soom is a tahini manufacturer located in Philadelphia founded and owned by three sisters, Amy, Shelby and Jackie (she lives in Israel). In addition to the best tasting tahini ever, they also make Silan (date syrup) and Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread!

I had a lot of fun talking with Amy about Soom and all their products. Not only did I expand my knowledge of tahini as a healthful and versatile ingredient; as we chatted Amy suggested all kinds of easy ways to include tahini in your everyday healthy snacking. So settle back and listen to a fun episode. Alert: after hearing this episode you’ll have lots of ways to get to the bottom of that jar of tahini in your fridge! Oh, and be prepared to really want some tahini…now.

 

 

A Tribute to the Queen of Kosher Cuisine, Norene Gilletz (#49)

A Tribute to the Queen of Kosher Cuisine, Norene Gilletz (#49)

Guest: Nina Glick

On this special episode we pay tribute to Canada’s Jewish Julia Child, Norene Gilletz who passed away last month. She leaves us with an amazing Jewish food legacy. She published 12 cookbooks, has a huge following on Nornene’s Kitchen (her facebook page) and she shares recipes and stories on her website.

Please join me as I talk with Nina Glick, a close friend of Norene Gilletz, as she tells us about this very special lady.

Norene Gilletz

The 100 Most Jewish Foods (#48)

The 100 Most Jewish Foods (#48)

Guest: Alana Newhouse

Photo Credit: MIchelle Ishay

I love the book, and I think you will too. It’s full of history, stories and of course, recipes! Imagine deciding to compile a book of the 100 Most Jewish Foods! Where would you start? How would you decide what foods didn’t qualify? My guest for this episode is Alana Newhouse, editor of this book and editor-in-chief of Tablet Magazine. Alana and I talk about the book, of course. She gives us a behind-the-scenes view of how it all came together. We even manage to have a few minutes to talk about Tablet, the contemporary on-line Jewish Magazine that covers news, events, arts and of course, food. I hope you enjoy the episode.

Flavors of Havana (#47)

Flavors of Havana (#47)

Guest: Cindy White

I loved talking with Cindy about this new Bed-and-Breakfast in Havana, Cuba featuring Kosher food. What a great way to encourage Jewish tourism. And Cindy’s company stateside will help plan your entire itinerary while in Cuba including a tour of Jewish Havana! Be sure to check out the family recipe she’s shared. If you can’t go to Cuba this year at least you can bring some of those tropical flavors into your own kitchen.

 

 

Stirring the Pot (#46)

Stirring the Pot (#46)

Guest: Chef Laura Frankel​

I couldn’t think of a better way to begin 2020 on The Big Schmear than with the topic of Marijuana and Jewish food. So many states have now legalized recreational pot that it seemed a timely topic.  I went to my go-to expert on all things kosher in the kitchen, Chef Laura Frankel and she even provided two recipes for this episode. In honor of The Big Schmear we now have a recipe for Mixed Green Olive-Cannabis Schmear AND Chicken Soup with Potza Balls. So have a listen to the episode and then, if marijuana is legal where you live, try one of these edible cannabis recipes and let me know what you think.